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1 Drinking for Two 3:46
2 Don't Make More Trouble 4:11
3 Blues for Free 4:12
4 Can't Paint a Prettier Picture 3:22
5 You Best Think Twice 3:29
6 Satisfied 3:26
7 Walk On 3:50
8 Why Does the Room Begin to Sway? 4:17
9 Artifacts 4:11
10 Don't Judge Me. 3:07 

Tim Gartland - lead vocals, blues harp
Kevin McKendree - keyboards
Tom West - keyboards
Jack Bruno - drums 
Steve Mackey - bass
Robert Frahm - guitar
Tom Britt - guitar
Wendy Moten - background vocals


Harmonica heavyweight Tim Gartland will be releasing his fourth solo record Satisfied through his Taste Good Music label on April 12th. The ten-song collection of original songs is chock-full of his usual charm, humor, bottomless baritone vocals and, of course, immense harp chops. As you can imagine, a guy who has climbed to the top of the blues scene in at least three cities of residence; Chicago, Boston and now Nashville, would have little trouble assembling a killer band to help him carry his new songs to the people.

Tim Gartland wastes no time setting the tone with opening track “Drinking for Two.” A good time, two-steppin’ tune about drinking away a bad break-up, told in his deep welcoming voice and commanding harmonica tone and style. He keeps the vibe light but makes the message a bit more serious on “Don’t Make More Trouble,” offering good advice on how to make this wobbly world a better place. Always generous, Gartland makes room for lead breaks from guitar and keyboard before he seals the deal with his harp on the run to the fade-out. “Blues for Free” is a lament both contemporary and older than the blues itself. Anchored by an organ riff that rolls under the whole affair, and elevated by some sweet backing vocals, this one manages to sound familiar and new at the same time. Honky tonk piano and a Chuck Berry shuffle power “Can’t Paint A Prettier Face,” a classic ode to that girl who can turn every head at the dance. Garland’s inventive lyrics fold like origami into this toe-tapper.

Landing in the middle of the album are perhaps the showcase tunes of the bunch. A timeless theme combined with a classic tempo and progression sets a clean table for Gartland’s warning to the potential heartbreaker standing before him in “You Best Think Twice.” This is followed by title track “Satisfied,” the most persuasive argument you’re going to hear for the simple life this year. Running through both songs his harmonica never fails to add to his message whether hopeful or melancholy. Expect to hear every blues singer, guitarist and/or harp player you love clamor to cover this pair of aces.

Tim Gartland and the band switch gears on the sly and slow “Walk On.” His harmonica cuts through the mix especially on this one as he explores his bottomless bag of harp tricks. His inventive songwriting, evident in the understated, almost conversational call-and-response chorus, adds to the already abundant charm. A buoyant reggae shuffle adds a dreamy quality to “Why Does the Room Begin to Sway.” The ode to the goddess spotted from across the bar will burrow deep in your ear thanks to the loose-but-tight keyboard flourishes and angelic backing vocals. In another lyrical tour de force, Gartland breaks your heart with a tale of good love gone bad in “Artifacts,” a full-on torch song that the entire band leans into, hard.

An unapologetic Gartland throws down the gauntlet on closing track “Don’t Judge Me.” With defiant lyrics for the haters but plenty of love and room for give-and-take between harmonica and guitar, this closer is a reminder to all that, in addition to his undisputed harp mastery, there is a formidable songwriting talent not-so-hidden behind that honey-smooth voice and all that easy charm. ---Tom O’Connor,

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Tim Gartland - If You Want a Good Woman (2016) Tim Gartland - If You Want a Good Woman (2016)

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01 – What The Blues Look Like
02 – Hour’s Worth
03 – I Had It All
04 – If You Want A Good Woman
05 – I Come When You Call
06 – Eight Ball
07 – If That’s What You Call Love
08 – Introduce Me To Your Hat
09 – Too Many Groceries
10 – Where’s The Cure For you
11 – Willie That’s Who
12 – Go West!

Tim Gartland – harmonica, vocals
Kevin McKendree – keyboards, producer
Steve Mackey – bass
Lynn Williams – drums
Tim Britt – guitar
Tom West – keyboards
Wendy Moten – vocals


Like your blues laid back and soulful Southern style? Like your harmonica smooth and old-school, devoid of overblows and pyrotechnics? Like your tunes simple and deep? Then this CD’s right for you.

Tim Gartland fell in love with the blues after seeing Muddy Waters in concert near his home in Warren, Ohio, when he was just 14. Born into a large musical family, he gravitated to the harmonica early. Three brothers were guitar players and he sought a way to fit in to the clan’s jams.

After graduating from Kent State University, he moved to Chicago and began what turned out to be a 25-year career in business. But the blues always beckoned. He hung out at the clubs and studied harp with Jerry Portnoy, Muddy’s reed-bender for most of the 1970s. And he cut his musical teeth on stage by sitting in with Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell, Bo Diddley and others.

Tim relocated to Boston in 1991 for work. That’s where he co-founded The Porch Rockers, a group that eventually released three albums. He didn’t make the leap to music fulltime until 2010 or so, 12 years after being a finalist in the Boston Blues Challenge. In the time since, he’s released two previous CDs – Looking Into The Sun and Million Stars – and written an instructional book, The Talking Harmonica.

Gartland moved to Nashville in 2015, where Kevin McKendree, a longtime bandmate of Delbert McClinton, produced this album. It’s a good fit. Despite his Rust Belt and New England background, his relaxed attack on diatonic and chromatic harmonica and his baritone stylings are a perfect fit in the Music City landscape.

He’s backed here by Tom West on keyboards, Tom Britt on electric and slide guitar, Lynn Williams on drums and Steve Mackey on electric and upright bass. Wendy Moten — whose song “Come In Out Of The Rain” peaked at No. 5 in the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts – provides backing vocals, and McKendree adds piano and organ on three cuts.

All of the material here is original. The loping “What The Blues Look Like” runs down all of the themes popular to the music in one neat package to start the set. Gartland’s attack on the reeds features single-note runs, and his vocals are molasses sweet. Next up, Tim has an “Hour’s Worth” of whiskey but “an evening to kill” in a medium fast shuffle highlighted by West’s work on the keys.

“I Had It All” is a slow blues regret on chromatic about losing the love of your life through your own ignorance, while the title tune, “If You Want A Good Woman,” relies on a country feel as it advises to be a good man and to give the lady reasons to believe in you. The ballad “I Come When You Call” is a love song of the first order, while the funky instrumental “Eight Ball” gives Gartland space to stretch out on the diatonic.

“If That’s What You Call Love” questions a woman’s words in contrast to her actions before “Introduce Me To Your Hat” suggests that the subject should be himself/herself instead of changing appearance in an attempt to be someone else. “Too Many Groceries” is a bit of blue-eyed soul about someone who’s “as subtle as a train wreck.” It alludes to her issues by stating she has “too many groceries for one bag.” Gartland refers to the constant bombardment of pharmaceutical ads on TV in “Where’s The Cure For You” before tipping his hat to Willie Dixon in “Willie That’s Who” – the “man who put the wang in the dang doodle and was born the seventh son” before a speedy instrumental — “Go West!” – brings the set to a close.

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]]> (bluesever) Tim Gartland Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:15:55 +0000